Israel news

Joy and pain as last Ethiopians make aliyah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

A small group of toddlers are singing a Hebrew nursery rhyme in a room filled with Israeli posters. Their teacher asks them in Hebrew to point at their tummies, then their noses and their ears.

It could be any kindergarten class in Israel, but this Africa and these children are part of the last group of Ethiopian immigrants to be brought to Israel.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Jihadists try to drag Israel into Syria war

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

As Lebanon rapidly becomes engulfed by the fighting in neighbouring Syria, various factions in the country are trying to pull Israel into the conflict.

On Friday morning, Israeli planes bombed a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) near Beirut, retaliating after the launch of four Katyusha rockets the previous day from Lebanon.

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As the West gears up to strike Syria, Israelis prepare for the backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

Israel is engaged in a nationwide push to prepare itself for potential retaliation by Syrian forces in the wake of a Western attack.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Cabinet called up a limited number of reservists, mainly to bolster the missile defence systems in the north and to improve home-front readiness.

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Israeli gastric sleeve could revolutionise fight against obesity

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

Israeli students have created an innovative device to help fight obesity.

The MetaboShield is a gastric sleeve which can be inserted endoscopically, meaning that any operation would be non-invasive, requiring no incisions, tissue damage or general anaesthesia.

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Typo causes Israeli firm to plummet on stock exchange

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2013

The value of an Israeli company dropped by millions of pounds after a trader made a typo.

Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, formerly headed by London-based Idan Ofer, saw its value plummet by over 99 per cent minutes after the mishap last Sunday afternoon.

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Israeli air force strikes terror target in Lebanon

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has attacked a terror site in Lebanon.

According to an IDF spokesman, the raid took place early on Friday morning in retaliation to the two rockets launched from Lebanon on Thursday.

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Go f*** yourself, says Israeli diplomacy chief

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

An Israeli government official in charge of promoting the country’s online image has been suspended following offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Daniel Seaman, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s director for interactive media in July, said in a phone call that he currently has “instructions from the Prime Minister’s office not to speak to the press”.

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Israel backers hit by web ‘witch hunt’

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2013

Antisemitic abuse aimed at Israel advocates should receive the same level of public scrutiny as high-profile Twitter incidents, experts and victims have said.

The use of email and social media sites to propagate abuse has become so severe that pro-Israel campaigners have feared for their safety and been forced to call police.

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IDF: north Israel attack ‘not an escalation’

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

Explosions have been heard from near the Israel-Lebanon border.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said that two rockets landed in open fields close to the north-west city of Nahariya, causing air raid sirens across northern Israel to go off.

However, the Israeli Defence Force said the rockets “fell outside of Israeli territory”.

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